Decoupling performance and pay does not mean a less robust appraisal system, in fact it can mean quite the opposite. Pay specialist Louise Hatswell advises

Performance management, or appraisal, is a mandatory requirement for teachers employed under the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). This is set out in law in the Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012.

The regulations set out the requirements that schools must put in place in relation to the appraisal of teachers, including headteachers.

The STPCD also requires that pay decisions for teachers must be linked to performance: “The decision whether or not to award pay progression must be related to the teacher’s performance, as assessed through the school or authority’s appraisal arrangements in accordance with the 2012 Regulations.”

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